I spend way too much time using the vanity system on MMORPGs that have them and I try to avoid the ones that don't. #GamingConfessions
— Mr. Arocena (@MrArocena) January 26, 2015
I tweeted this when I saw the #GamingConfessions hashtag earlier this week and boy is it ever true.
It all started on SWTOR and when I got enough Social points to get the first set of social armour. I liked the top and since I could swap out the Armour piece, modification piece and enhancement piece I stuck with the same top for most of my leveling experience.
Once I hit end-game I had accumulated a huge number of social points and my social rank was fairly high so I had access to a lot of the social armour sets. I bought a bunch of them and started mixing and matching to find a look that I liked (thankfully the social armour is cheap). There were other pieces of customizable armour as well so I spent a great deal of money on the Galactic Market looking for interesting pieces. This was made even more expensive by the fact that I could customize the appearance of my companions so I had 5 other people to customize. Took a while and a lot of credits to give my main character and his main companion a look that I liked.
This extended to a lot of other games that have vanity systems like League where I've spent a large amount of money picking up skins that make my character look cool (or skins that are limited edition). The skins have absolutely no practical purpose but they look cool.
So this brings me to Final Fantasy XIV. A game with a really robust vanity system known as their Glamour system. In some ways not as restrictive as SWTOR but in some ways more restrictive.